Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
    This description of Bart Weetjens's work was prepared when Bart Weetjens was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
    Landmines continue to destroy millions of lives years after. Bart Weetjens has trained Giant Pouched Rats to effectively detect explosives in minute amounts, as well as tuberculosis.
    The New Idea
    The Problem
    The Strategy
    The Person


    When Mozambique declared itself free of known minefields in 2015, Bart left APOPO to deepen his meditation practice and explore its relation to social change. He currently lives in Belgium and is working on The Wellbeing Project (

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